OIJI

4.7
479 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
We are a Korean restaurant located in East Village serving small shareable plates. Come and enjoy our refined Korean cuisine with traditional flavors.

The dining area is a total of 38 seats including the Bar, Communal Table, and Banquette Tables. Based on availability, reservations may be booked at the Communal Table.
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O
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner but expensive. Food and service was exceptional. Oiji Bowl was a stand out. Ssam was yummy. Highly recommend.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food at Oiji! We were lucky to get bar seats in front of Bobby who was so pleasant and helpful to us all evening.

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FL
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space, the food and the quality of the cooking was phenominal! It’s our new date night restaurant!

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NY
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and foods are always great.
We had change in guest numbers but they worked with us.

Will go back again.

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Oiji Bowl was really good. However, we love the oxtail!

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B
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food was terrific, as was the service. Quaint place. We’ll be back.

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RH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been to all the best restaurants in the East Village, and there are many fine ones, including David Chang's Ko, and OIJI is the best of them all: the best food on the Lower East Side.

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great little place with enthusiastic staff, great cocktails and really interesting fun food. We ate at the bar which was fine although the place was packed and my stool did get bumped. The bonus was watching the amazing bar tender, and there is an open kitchen so you can keep an eye on that from the bar too!
We chose to share dishes; there is a mix of dishes from single portions to larger dishes designed for two. They recommend 4-5 dishes for two. You could eat here solo; but in a larger group you could probably taste everything!
We loved the delicate mushroom salad, and the Ssam platter (pork and rice with condiments to wrap in lettuce leaves and eat with your hands). And the honey butter chips with ice cream for dessert is bizarrely good once you stop overthinking it!

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JM
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent. Very nice wines, too. Honestly, I wasn't sure when I first looked at the menu, but I was delightfully surprised by all the amazing tastes. (A random table of screeching people made it louder than it needed to be because everyone else had to speak loudly to hear each other. Hard to avoid that I guess.) I'd go back in a heartbeat!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I asked the sever or host to help us take a picture, who was being very inpatient took the picture when I wasn’t even ready after handing him the phone. After he finish he throws me back the phone, didn’t seem very happy.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

DOH inspection happened during dinner. But nothing was done to make our experience better. We were sympathetic but there are ways to make it up from the restaurant's behalf.

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All the dishes we ordered were great. service was perfect.
Very nice looking crowd. I loved this place.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar area and were given a personal waiter who was very helpful in discussing the preparation of the cuisine. The food was amazing. Textures and flavors were just out of this world. The bartender was like a scientist with some of the coolest drinks I’ve ever seen. And finished off our meal with the butter honey chips for dessert. Amazing staff and food.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service, and atmosphere! Perfect for small groups who love interesting flavors.

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MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime from start to finish. Perfect every time love love love

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. It was worth the drive. Everything had such good flavor and presentation. The staff was very nice and attentive.

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e
Berlin
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy coming back to Ouji. Great restaurant with very tasty modern Korean cooking.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food and service.

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TO
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The food here is really good, the fried chicken is special as were the scallops and the lobster noodles. However the tables are far too close together, literally 2 inches if that so that there’s no way to not be a voyeur on the conversations beside you. Even taking out one table on the right side would give the other tables a bit more room. Hard to imagine that the turnover of one table a night is critical to the economics of the restaurant. That jamming in of the patrons is the main demerit that brings the overall rating down. Otherwise the food is quite good.

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DD
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is an amazingly sophisticated kitchen. The quality of the stocks and sauces is on the level of one of the better French restaurants. Nicely varied menu, reasonable prices, personal service - a real keeper in every respect.

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NN
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dining experience. More people = more dishes to try. Hard to pick a favorite dish because they were all so delicious. I love the depth of flavor and the heat level that surprises you in a good way. Don’t sleep on the cocktails either—the bartender takes the craft seriously. Very knowledge and friendly servers that always happened to be there for you at the right time.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place, the food is good except the lobster ramen, the butter chips is great. and the uni bowl is my favorite

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PK
London
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great server, great vibe. Seating was a touch tight. But loved it.

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W
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently brilliant. The food is fabulous, especially the crispy chicken and octopus dishes. Got to be some of the best kimchi in NYC!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Must try honey butter chip w/ ice cream, the best desert packed w/ flavors.

Uringi and oiji bowl was good.

Truffle seafood soup and confit, the flavor was too intense for my palates.

Janjorim was okay, intense butter flavor.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is beyond delicious! They say 2-3 dishes per person, but we always get more because it's all so good. The dessert is so different and an absolute must, even if you don't have space.

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AJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spectacular, from the food to the service. We went specifically for the dessert (honey butter chips w. Vanilla ice cream), but our main dishes were equally delicious. And of course the dessert, it was everything we had hoped it would be.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Oiji bowl is out of this world. Really enjoyed the oxtail also. The Ssam was actually the thing that was the most disappointing... a bit overflavored... prefer the one at Momofuku.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

decent food. had fried chicken (amazing - best thing we had, the sauce is so traditionally korean and pairs so well with the meat), uni oiji bowl (2nd best although uni is not flavorful enough to compete with the strong flavors of the seaweed rice), bone marrow, jang jorim. the butter in the jang jorim tasted very strange and the meat on top of the bone marrow was very fatty (which some people enjoy, i wasnt a fan). the service was fantastic, but probably wouldn't go again.

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t
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great restaurant! We came just for dessert but ended up getting some small savory plates as well. The waiter was really knowledgeable and friendly- he took the time to point out the dishes that were gluten free since I have a sensitivity and new the menu super well. The plates are very small but you are meant to get multiple to share. The star was the honey butter chips with ice cream, which is their only dessert. Holy cow. So good! All of the food was really well thought out and meticulously plated, and most importantly, insanely delicious! Can't wait to go back for a full dinner.

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KK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting, inspiring, innovative and, most importantly, delicious food from start to finish. Great cocktails as well, and an enjoyable design.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious food!!!!

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G
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always awesome, but would love to see some new menu items. Jang Jo Rim available again veggie style. Thank you. Drinks awesome as well.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in New York City - great food!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was beyond delicious!!

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LK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food with an Asian (Korean) flair is excellent, main courses as Oxtail or Short ribs are very Classic French.
Dessert is exquisite.
Service is so “Nice” and professional.
Over all a terrific experience. Thnk you

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I had a reservation for two at 6:45 I checked in with the girl at front she first wanted to put me at this tiny table in a corner where I couldn’t move i said no and she refused after asking her three times why I couldn’t sit at a more comfortable table for two. If I’m about to spend money at a restaurant I’d like to be comfortable

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TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s absolutely wonderful. The only think I don’t like about it is that the tables are too close together. Otherwise, food is perfection.

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SJ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite meals in NYC to date. The flavor combinations were amazing and the presentation was both artistic and colorful.

I booked the restaurant for my foodie clients, and will be back personally on many more occasions.

OIJI is not only worth the reservation, it is one of the best experiences I have had thus far.

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A
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Upmarket take on Korean food. Tasty well presented plates

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